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look what came in the mail today thanks to your review ---$29 for mouse and $19 for headset and free shipping:

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@Mussels that's awesome, I hope its some weird corporate thing and you get free internet for life, lmao
 

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I spent 6 hours with weird half working internet, only to realise somehow the person who gave it to me, gave me an RJ45 cable with only 4 wires, not 8.
All my testing is yeeted out the window, and i may be able to get it fully working with the 4G backup automatically. (Right now i have to factory reset to swap between vDSL and 4G)

Edit: needed a firmware update, and yep. Free backup 25Mb LTE internet for me.
 
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I know this forum is more about PC than anything else, but I've been wanting this console for so long, I still can't believe I was able to grab one on release date!
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I'm a huge Halo fan, and can't believe it's been 20 years since Halo CE came out!

Any other Halo fans out there?
 
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I know this forum is more about PC than anything else, but I've been wanting this console for so long, I still can't believe I was able to grab one on release date!
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I'm a huge Halo fan, and can't believe it's been 20 years since Halo CE came out!

Any other Halo fans out there?
Nice! Halo is awesome, especially in co-op mode. I prefer the looks of the stock XSX, but that is still an excellent find!
 
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I know this forum is more about PC than anything else, but I've been wanting this console for so long, I still can't believe I was able to grab one on release date!
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I'm a huge Halo fan, and can't believe it's been 20 years since Halo CE came out!

Any other Halo fans out there?

that is one hell of a nice tv you have... Q90 samsung is top of the line if I am not mistake. may I ask, why did you pick that over LG C1 OLED?
 
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Nice! Halo is awesome, especially in co-op mode. I prefer the looks of the stock XSX, but that is still an excellent find!
I know! Their co-op campaigns are the best, I can't wait to play that with my son, too bad it won't be available until next year :(

Thank you, I wasn't originally interested in getting the series x, I have all previous iterations of Xbox, but this generation doesn't really have any exclusives you can't play on PC with better graphics, but when I saw this Halo version in pictures I knew I had to hunt it down, do you own a series x as well?

that is one hell of a nice tv you have... Q90 samsung is top of the line if I am not mistake. may I ask, why did you pick that over LG C1 OLED?
Thank you!

We went to the local BestBuy, and looked at both the LG C1 OLED and the Samsung QLED in the showroom.

Our living room has an entire wall facing east that's made of windows and is pretty well lit most of the day, the QLED looked much brighter in the daytime than the OLED in the showroom.

Also, since this is a microLED display, with over a thousand local dimming zones, the blacks are really black, to my eye it was really hard telling which TV had the darkest blacks.

I was also convinced when the rep told me the TV supports both Freesync and G-Sync.

After looking at both models we decided to go for the QLED given it would be in a room with plenty of light, and it still looks fantastic when watching movies at night!
 
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I know! Their co-op campaigns are the best, I can't wait to play that with my son, too bad it won't be available until next year :(

Thank you, I wasn't originally interested in getting the series x, I have all previous iterations of Xbox, but this generation doesn't really have any exclusives you can't play on PC with better graphics, but when I saw this Halo version in pictures I knew I had to hunt it down, do you own a series x as well?
I've held off on both current gen consoles for now, as I've just upgraded my PC and don't really need them. But I do think the XSX is an excellent piece of product design, and I'd likely get that before the PS5 (both for looks and for Game Pass). I'll likely get both in time though. I like the convenience of consoles even if I'm mainly a PC gamer, and I'm starting to see more and more advantages to having separate devices for separate tasks. It's a bit of a luxury though :p
Thank you!

We went to the local BestBuy, and looked at both the LG C1 OLED and the Samsung QLED in the showroom.

Our living room has an entire wall facing east that's made of windows and is pretty well lit most of the day, the QLED looked much brighter in the daytime than the OLED in the showroom.

Also, since this is a microLED display, with over a thousand local dimming zones, the blacks are really black, to my eye it was really hard telling which TV had the darkest blacks.

I was also convinced when the rep told me the TV supports both Freesync and G-Sync.

After looking at both models we decided to go for the QLED given it would be in a room with plenty of light, and it still looks fantastic when watching movies at night!
That's the same reason we went for the Q80t last year - far superior in a bright room, which our living room definitely is. That mini-LED backlight is likely much better than ours though - not that I have any complaints, this Q80 will likely serve us well for the next decade or so. There's no doubt the LG OLEDs are fantastic, but these QLEDs have strengths of their own. Not quite as good in motion clarity, black levels or contrast, but much brighter and less reflective.
 
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I've held off on both current gen consoles for now, as I've just upgraded my PC and don't really need them. But I do think the XSX is an excellent piece of product design, and I'd likely get that before the PS5 (both for looks and for Game Pass). I'll likely get both in time though. I like the convenience of consoles even if I'm mainly a PC gamer, and I'm starting to see more and more advantages to having separate devices for separate tasks. It's a bit of a luxury though :p

That's the same reason we went for the Q80t last year - far superior in a bright room, which our living room definitely is. That mini-LED backlight is likely much better than ours though - not that I have any complaints, this Q80 will likely serve us well for the next decade or so. There's no doubt the LG OLEDs are fantastic, but these QLEDs have strengths of their own. Not quite as good in motion clarity, black levels or contrast, but much brighter and less reflective.

Yes, game pass definitely is a big plus, being able to preload and play the latest releases on day one is the best feature Xbox series has in their favor at the moment, I'm actually using game pass on PC now, just sucks the Xbox app is so bad on PC :(

The Q80 is an excellent TV, I almost got one last year but COVID detailed those plans, in fact, the Q80 series are much better than the current Q85 series that came out this year, as the use VA panels as the Q90 series, as opposed to IPS panels on this year's Q85 series.

To my older eyes, the main difference between the newer QLEDs and LG's OLED TVs was, as you mentioned, motion clarity, but color reproduction looked better on the QLED in the type of well lit environment we have our TVs in.

To me and the wife the ultimate test was when we both realized that at night, we couldn't notice the black bars on wide aspect ratio movies, they were as black as the environment around them when we turned the lights off, that was a huge difference between this TV and our older Sony TV.
 

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My modern computer just got more modernerer. It should handle 4K better than the 2060, and it was .... fairly cheap, considering the market. €600 (refurb with full warranty, no accesories or fancy box) really feels like a heretical sum to spend on a computer (actual retail is close to or more than €1000 and they go for more than that even used), but there's a few reasons as to why, the main one being my sisters GPU tanked and she does not have the means to buy anything really, and I'm not keen on spending close to €200 on a seven year old mid range GPU (she has a GTX980 now), so the idea is to donating the 2060 to her (well, letting her borrow it indefinitely). The other reason is the performance boost. I do feel bad about it even if I can easily afford it at this point, but whatevs (think of how much beer €600 is! also 150% of a months rent). What's done is done.

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My modern computer just got more modernerer. It should handle 4K better than the 2060, and it was .... fairly cheap, considering the market. €600 (refurb with full warranty, no accesories or fancy box) really feels like a heretical sum to spend on a computer (actual retail is close to or more than €1000 and they go for more than that even used), but there's a few reasons as to why, the main one being my sisters GPU tanked and she does not have the means to buy anything really, and I'm not keen on spending close to €200 on a seven year old mid range GPU (she has a GTX980 now), so the idea is to donating the 2060 to her (well, letting her borrow it indefinitely). The other reason is the performance boost. I do feel bad about it even if I can easily afford it at this point, but whatevs (think of how much beer €600 is! also 150% of a months rent). What's done is done.

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Considering the current market that is a damn nice deal, congratz! And spot on, always convert your purchase into booze money, perspective is important! :toast:
 
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They're not in hand yet, but if my self-control muscles give out, I my end up with a second new Intel platform in as many years. I don't normally operate like this, but it's so hard to pass this up. Somebody talk me out of it, please:

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Funny thing: If I go through with it, it'd be my third MSI ZXXX-A PRO in a row.
 
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They're not in hand yet, but if my self-control muscles give out, I my end up with a second new Intel platform in as many years. I don't normally operate like this, but it's so hard to pass this up. Somebody talk me out of it, please:

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Funny thing: If I go through with it, it'd be my third MSI ZXXX-A PRO in a row.
Sorry, not gonna happen. It's a damn good deal. :toast:
 
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No more Realtek ALC4080 for me on my current gaming rig!

The REAL DEAL with proper gaming sound!
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Besides being a better DAC, does it do anything else? As far as I know spatial audio was killed off in Vista, so modern cards shouldn't be anything more than DACs.
 
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Besides being a better DAC, does it do anything else? As far as I know spatial audio was killed off in Vista, so modern cards shouldn't be anything more than DACs.
I haven't gamed with it yet, but preliminary results from windows audio panel config testing indicates its FAR superior in sound quality than the ALC4080. I even tried the onboard audio with standard windows drivers but they made no diff, that is, still POOR quality sound.
 
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I haven't gamed with it yet, but preliminary results from windows audio panel config testing indicates its FAR superior in sound quality than the ALC4080. I even tried the onboard audio with standard windows drivers but they made no diff, that is, still POOR quality sound.
What do you mean by that? Windows has no test like that.
 
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Besides being a better DAC, does it do anything else? As far as I know spatial audio was killed off in Vista, so modern cards shouldn't be anything more than DACs.
Asus has spatial audio in its software package for my TUF B560M-Plus Wifi. My problem with it is that while it sort of works with games, it makes listening to music a mess. I'm too lazy to change settings every time I open a different program, so I'm just leaving it off.

No more Realtek ALC4080 for me on my current gaming rig!

The REAL DEAL with proper gaming sound!
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I'm tempted to buy something similar one day just to see if it actually makes a difference with my basic sound setup (a USB-powered small 2.0 speaker, and a pair of AKG Y50 headphones). I just don't want to spend money on something that essentially blocks airflow towards my graphics card.
 
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